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A still from Arrowsmith (1931)

Arrowsmith

1931 | United States | 108 min
  • Watched on Wed Apr 21, 2021 via iTunes
    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Ronald Colman charms as a promising young doctor who tries small-town medicine but finds himself drawn to research. After landing at a prestigious New York institute, he discovers a cure for bubonic plague. A West Indies outbreak provides an opportunity to test his work but also tests his resolve to maintain a detached, scientific approach.

    The West Indies segment proves a highlight. As plague ravages the island, Colman’s wife finds herself surrounded by death. The shadow-filled photography conjures a claustrophobic, horrific atmosphere.

    But I struggled with the script’s plodding reliance on exposition and head-scratcher ending. What is the film trying to say besides “smoking kills?”

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  • Watched on Fri Feb 24, 2012 via TCM HD

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